MIAMI, FL — Olympic 400 meter finalist Bralon Taplin is set to be out of track and field even longer than he had anticipated, following the news that the Grenadian sprinter will serve additional time on his current doping ban.
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Taplin, who was already serving a four-year doping ban after he was unsuccessful in his appeal against a four-year ban for skipping a doping test, was reportedly handed a further three-year extension to the period of ineligibility due to a whereabouts infringement.
The additional sanctions, which comes from the World Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU), will now see the sprinter banned from competing until 2026.
Taplin was earlier this year sanctioned for dodging an in-competition drug test at the 2019 Grenadian Invitational, but he claimed he hadn’t been properly notified, a claim CAS described as “implausible.”
The 28-year-old now missed tests in April, August and November of 2019, according to AIU.
His additional three-year sanction will take effect once his current four-year ban is completed.
“The Athlete’s Second Anti-Doping Rule Violation 10. The athlete has committed a second Anti-Doping Rule Violation under the ADR by virtue of having had three Missed Tests in the twelve-month period beginning on 21 April 2019,” a statement from AIU stated.
i. A Missed Test on 21 April 2019;
- A Missed Test on 28 August 2019; and
iii. A Missed Test on 25 November 2019.
“The AIU, therefore, confirms by this decision a period of Ineligibility for the athlete’s second Anti-Doping Rule Violation of three (3) years from midnight on 29 September 2023 to midnight on 29 September 2026.”
Taplin, who finished seventh in the men’s 400m at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics Games in Brazil, was fourth that same year at the World Indoor Championships.
He owns a personal best of 44.38 seconds over the 400m for outdoors done in Monaco, France on Jul. 15, 2016, and is the eighth-fastest man on the all-time list over the distance indoors at 44.88.